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Pat Howard (footballer)

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Full namePatrick Howard
Date of birth7 October 1947
Place of birthDodworth, England
Playing positionCentral defender

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Patrick "Pat" Howard (born 7 October 1947) is an English former professional footballer who played as a central defender.

Born in Dodworth, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Howard made more than 500 appearances in the Football League. He started his career at Barnsley, spending seven seasons there before signing for Newcastle United in 1971. He reached the 1974 FA Cup Final with the Magpies, and was signed by Arsenal for £40,000 in September 1976. He made his debut against West Ham United on September 11, 1976, but did not settle at the club and after less than a year he was transfer listed with just 20 Arsenal appearances, without a single goal to his name.He moved to Birmingham City in August 1977, and after two seasons there finished his career in English football with a three-year stint at Bury, retiring in 1982. He also spent the 1978 North American Soccer League season playing for Portland Timbers.

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